Gov’t providing special incentives to foreign investors: FM Qureshi

Economic diplomacy, regional connectivity Govt’s top priority: FM


Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says the government is providing special incentives to foreign investors to invest in Pakistan. Talking to the CEO of Dutch multinational company Frieslandcampina N.V Mr. Hein Schumacher in Islamabad on Monday, he said the incumbent government is focusing on geo-economic priorities. The Foreign Minister said Pakistan ranks third globally in terms of milk production. He invited Dutch companies to invest in the dairy sector to further expand this sector. On the occasion, the Dutch company’s delegation hinted at investing in Pakistan’s dairy sector. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said economic diplomacy and promotion of regional connectivity and peace are the priorities that Pakistan is pursuing in the light of the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was chairing a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Regional Studies in Islamabad on Monday. The Foreign Minister stressed that close coordination between the foreign office and think tanks is inevitable to formulate foreign policy as per the modern-day requirements. He noted that the country has the best scholars and researchers on international relationships and regional affairs. Meanwhile, delay in the issuance of visas by the Indian Embassy is irking some 400 Zaireen (pilgrims), who desire to attend the annual Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti (Khawaja Gharib Nawaz) from February 3 to 14 in Ajmer Sharif.

According to a Religious Affairs Ministry official, the Indian Embassy should have issued visas a couple of days ago so that the intending pilgrims could properly manage their traveling schedule accordingly.

As the pilgrims hailed from far-flung areas of the country, it would be quite difficult for them to make it to the designated place to start their journey if visas were issued a few hours before the Urs day, However, the ministry had already advised all the intending pilgrims to report at the Haji Camp Lahore on February 2 so that they could be properly guided about their visit to Ajmer Sharif, the official said. Citing the past experience, he feared that the Indian authorities were unpredictable and might not issue visas to Ajmer Sharif’s Zaireen at the last moment.

The Pakistan pilgrims’ visit to Ajmer Sharif is an annual feature and under the 1974 Pakistan-India Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines, India is bound to issue visas for the purpose.

On the other hand, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Babar Awan on Monday said that the government was bringing legal reforms in the Parliament.

Talking to media persons, he said because of the effective accountability system in the country, the former prime minister is absconder.

He said the judicial reforms were an important requirement of the time. The government wouldn’t tolerate any interference in the independence of the judiciary, he added.

The adviser said the world’s largest institutions were praising the fact that with the facility of Health Card, every citizen of the country can avail the facility of medical treatment up to Rs. 1 million without any discrimination.

This was the real change that has been brought about by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Baber Awan said it was unfortunate that the people did not have access to justice. In this regard, the present government has done four major things.

Through the web portal, the prime minister redeemed the lands of overseas Pakistanis and addressed the issues of poor and widows.

He said that the government was bringing legal reforms package, adding that it would be a huge package in the history of the country.

The cabinet has approved it. These reforms would be introduced in the Parliament, not through an ordinance, and would be discussed in the presence of representatives of all parties in parliamentary committees.

He said that if accountability had failed then the former prime minister would not have fled the country.

He said for the first time, big people came under the law, and accountability was based on equality. He said the government wouldn’t tolerate any interference in the independence of the independent judiciary.

The advisor said there was no sector in Pakistan where the reforms had not been introduced by the incumbent government.

At present, all sections of society have access to medical facilities through the ‘Sehat Insaf Card’.

He said even the citizens in Europe and the United States didn’t have 100% health facilities like this.

This is the real change, he said, adding that the rules for the government employees have also been amended. Baber Awan said the employees who do a good job would be rewarded and those who were found engaged in misconduct would be prosecuted.

He said that the elected government could be criticized but it couldn’t be befallen through the slogans. Babar Awan said that the world’s largest institutions are witnessing the improvement of the country’s economy.

He said Pakistan’s future was bright, adding that the current government would complete five years. Based on its performance, when we would go to the polls, the next Prime Minister would also be Imran Khan.

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